Category Archives: Curriculum Reform

The nature of math vs the nature of school math

The mathematics experienced by students is so much different from the real nature of math. What a tragedy! What is the nature of mathematics? Mathematics is human. It is part of and fits into human culture. It is NOT an abstract, timeless, tensely, objective reality… Mathematical knowledge is fallible. As in science, mathematics can advance… Read More »

What is reasoning? How can we teach it?

The world does not give us complete information that’s why call on our power of reasoning to complete this information the best we can and produce new knowledge.  Mathematics is one of its most famous product. What is reasoning? When do we learn it? Reasoning is defined as  the capacity human beings have to make sense… Read More »

DepEd’s Explore, Firm Up, Deepen, Transfer

When we were just being trained to be teachers of mathematics it was emphasized to us that in planning our lesson we should think of manipulative activities whose results will eventually lead to the concepts to be learned. The teacher will make use of the students results to introduce the new concept through another whole… Read More »

Why math education is failing

A backlink to my post What kind of mathematical knowledge should teachers have?   brought me to the essay by Matthew Brenner titled The Four Pillars Upon Which the Failure of Math Education Rests (and what to do about them). Here’s the quote from the essay posted in Wild about Math. Kids are taught math as pets are taught… Read More »

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